Unified Interior Regions

Region 3: Great Lakes

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

For more information on the Great Lakes and work being done, check out the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative website here! 

GLRI

USGS Science Centers in the Great Lakes Region

For more information on what each center is doing in the Great Lakes, please follow the links below! 

Great Lakes Science Center

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center

Upper Midwest Water Science Center

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

National Wildlife Health Center

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USGS Water-Quality equipment with cover opened at edge of river near a footbridge.
Date Published: March 27, 2019
Status: Active

Water-Quality Monitor Network in Michigan

The USGS operates a network of real-time water-quality monitoring stations that measure up to five physical parameters. The parameters are temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. One to four of those parameters are measured at 26 sites, while all five parameters are measured at 13 sites. These data are used for decision making about hydroelectric power...

Contacts: Thomas L Weaver
Photo of aerators installed at Little St. Germain Lake, Wis., to prevent winter anoxia
Date Published: March 26, 2019
Status: Active

Little St. Germain Lake: Phosphorus loading, winter anoxia, and stage regulation

Little St. Germain Lake, Wis., consists of four main basins separated by narrows. This study monitored lake water quality, identified phosphorus sources, determined spatial and temporal distribution of oxygen, evaluated the effectiveness of winter aeration systems, and modeled groundwater/lake-water interactions.

Slideshow of Gary City Hall, before and after redevelopment with green infrastructure
Date Published: March 26, 2019
Status: Active

Assessing stormwater reduction using green infrastructure: Gary City Hall (Gary, Ind.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (rain gardens and decreased impervious surfaces) at reducing stormwater runoff is being assessed at a redevelopment project at Gary City Hall (Gary, Indiana). This study will evaluate pre- and post-construction hydrologic conditions using data collected by monitoring storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, soil moisture, and meteorological conditions....

Contacts: David C Lampe, Brenda Scott-Henry
Illustration of typical green infrastructure installation for RecoveryPark
Date Published: March 24, 2019
Status: Active

Assessing stormwater reduction through green infrastructure: RecoveryPark (Detroit, Mich.)

The effectiveness of green infrastructure (including urban land conversion and bioswales) at reducing stormwater runoff is being assessed at RecoveryPark, a redeveloped urban farm in Detroit, Michigan. This study will monitor pre- and post-construction storm-sewer flow, groundwater levels, precipitation, and potential evapotranspiration.

Contacts: Christopher J Hoard, Stephanie Beeler, Ralph Haefner, Danielle Green, Bill Shuster, Donald Carpenter, Gary Wozniak
Photos show change in water clarity in agricultural runoff before and after a grassed waterway was installed
Date Published: March 23, 2019
Status: Active

Edge-of-field monitoring: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative edge-of-field monitoring focuses on identifying and reducing agricultural sources of excess nutrients which threaten the health of the Great Lakes. The USGS supports these efforts by utilizing edge-of-field monitoring to assess the quantity and quality of agricultural runoff and evaluate conservation practices that aim to reduce sediment and nutrient loss....

Ripples on Lake Richie near Portage Trail at Isle Royale National Park with tree growing strangely over water.
Date Published: March 20, 2019
Status: Archived

Determination of Algal Toxin Concentrations in Surface Waters at National Parks

The U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the National Park Service began a project in 2012 exploring  levels of the algal toxins in surface drinking water and recreational waters in 3 National Park Service Parks: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

USGS Gage 05447500 Green River near Geneseo, Illinois
Date Published: March 18, 2019
Status: Active

Illinois Nutrient Monitoring Sites

Eight nutrient monitoring stations were established in 2015 to continuously monitor nutrient and sediment concentrations and loads in support of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  This site provides current and historical monitoring information for the eight nutrient monitoring stations.

Contacts: Paul J Terrio
Final installation of permeable pavement study test plots
Date Published: March 18, 2019
Status: Completed

Evaluating the potential benefits of permeable pavement on the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff

Permeable pavement is a porous urban surface which catches precipitation and surface runoff, storing it in the reservoir while slowly allowing it to infiltrate into the soil below. This study will evaluate how well different types of permeable pavement reduces the amount of pollutants and runoff volume.

Photgraph of USGS employee surveying snowbanks at General Mitchell International Airport
Date Published: March 17, 2019
Status: Completed

Evaluating the impacts of aircraft deicers in runoff from General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wis.

Chemicals used to deice planes at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee may be entering nearby streams in concentrations that may be harmful to aquatic life. This project will investigate the toxicity of decing chemicals, evaluate their impact on receiving streams, and assess changes in water quality in response to the implementation of deicer management at General Mitchell...

Contacts: Steven R Corsi
Photograph of Pheasant Branch Creek at U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging station (05427948),
Date Published: March 16, 2019
Status: Active

Dane County water-quality monitoring program

Many Dane County, Wis., streams and lakes have been degraded due to excessive nutrients and sediment contributed primarily by agriculture and urbanization. The goal is to build a long-term base of streamflow, lake stage, and water-quality data essential for water-resource planning and assessment purposes for streams and lakes in Dane County, with a focus on the Yahara River Basin.

Photo of a boy playing in the water on a Wisconsin beach.
Date Published: March 15, 2019
Status: Completed

Beach health in Wisconsin

Beach water-quality (beach health) data are collected for both coastal and inland Wisconsin beaches. These data are collected and analyzed by multiple agencies throughout Wisconsin including local health departments, universities, state agencies, and federal agencies including the USGS.

Contacts: Steven R Corsi
Photo of edge-of-field subsurface tile and surface sites.
Date Published: March 14, 2019
Status: Active

Edge-of-field monitoring: Discovery Farms

The USGS is cooperating with Discovery Farms to understand agriculture’s impact on the environment and help producers find ways to minimize their impact while remaining economically viable. Edge-of-field or subsurface tile monitoring stations measure runoff-event volume, including snowmelt, and collect samples which are analyzed for suspended sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen, and chloride.

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USGS science for a changing world
September 11, 2017

This is the dataset used in the BioScience publication of the same name.

USGS Water-Quality equipment with cover opened at edge of river near a footbridge.
June 3, 2017

The USGS operates a network of real-time water-quality monitoring stations that measure up to five physical parameters. The parameters are temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. One to four of those parameters are measured at 26 sites, while all five parameters are measured at 13 sites. 

Example visualization from MODFLOW model output
April 19, 2017

MODFLOW is the USGS's three-dimensional (3D) finite-difference groundwater model. MODFLOW is considered an international standard for simulating and predicting groundwater conditions and groundwater/surface-water interactions.

SPARROW graphic
April 19, 2017

SPARROW (SPAtially-Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes), is watershed based and designed for use in predicting long-term average values of water characteristics, such as concentrations and amounts of selected constituents that are delivered to downstream receiving waters.

Map of the states that have StreamStats availability
April 19, 2017

StreamStats is a Web application that incorporates a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for a variety of water-resources planning and management purposes, and for engineering and design purposes.

Image of a glass slide and bathythermogram - examples of data types rescued.
April 7, 2017

In 1954 researchers at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center conducted 11 research cruises on Lake Michigan during which 779 bathythermographs were cast to collect temperature profile data (temperature at depth). Bathythermographs of that era recorded water pressure and temperature data by mechanically etching them as a curve on a glass slide. Data was collected from the glass slide by projecti

Image of the USGS Water Services portal
March 31, 2017

This site serves USGS water data via automated means using web services and extensible markup language (XML) , as well as other popular media types. Services are invoked with the REST protocol. These services designed for high fault tolerance and very high availability.

Photo of person sending phone message
March 31, 2017

Send a text message to WaterNow@usgs.gov containing the USGS Site Number of the gage you want to query (optionally add parameter codes to customize your query). You will receive a response within a few minutes.

Screen shot of Wind Fetch Model
March 8, 2017

Models based upon coastal engineering equations have been developed to quantify wind fetch length and several physical wave characteristics including significant height, length, peak period, maximum orbital velocity, and shear stress.

USGS
January 1, 2017

Four dichloroacetamide herbicide safeners (AD-67, benoxacor, dichlormid, and furilazole) and two co-applied herbicides (acetochlor and metolachlor) were measured in water samples from 7 streams across Iowa and Illinois. Iowa water samples were collected from March 2016 to June 2017, and Illinois water samples were collected from September 2016 to June 2017. The compounds studied a

Nowcast signs at Huntington Beach, Ohio
November 15, 2016

The Ohio Nowcast is a system that provides near-real-time beach advisories to the public through use of quick measurements and predictive models.

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Samantha Stanton (USGS) explains Phragmites monitoring protocols
May 29, 2019

Teaching monitoring protocols for invasive Phragmites

Samantha Stanton (Great Lakes Commission, GLSC Volunteer) demonstrates the monitoring protocol to training attendees on May 29, 2019, near Centerville, Michigan.

Practicing Phragmites Monitoring Procedures
May 29, 2019

Practicing Phragmites Monitoring Procedures

A training attendee practices the monitoring procedure.

Lamprey Wound Seminar Participants
May 21, 2019

Scientists Examine Sea Lamprey Wound Characteristics

Tribal, state, and federal fisheries professionals classifying sea lamprey wounds on lake trout at a workshop in Red Cliff, Wisconsin.

Urbana, IL CMWSC office entrance
May 17, 2019

Central Midwest Water Science Center Urbana, IL office entrance

Entrance for the Urbana, IL office of the Central Midwest Water Science Center. Located in the North deck parking garage on the University of Illinois campus. Entrance is on east side of building; address 405 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 6180. Contact office for visitor parking information at 217-328-8747.

May 2, 2019

Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework: Model Overview

This animation is the third video in a series explaining different aspects of the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). This video focuses on the machine learning model that PAMF uses to systematically learn from participant's data and then provide site-specific management guidance in return. More information about PAMF can be found at our websites:

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Implanting an Acoustic Transmitter into a Cisco
April 30, 2019

Implanting an Acoustic Transmitter into a Cisco

Cisco being prepared for surgical implantation of an acoustic transmitter at the USGS Ann Arbor aquatic research laboratory

USGS - GLSC Trawl net workshop
April 24, 2019

USGS - GLSC Trawl net workshop

GLSC trawl net workshop held at the USGS vessel base in Cheboygan, Michigan, April 24-25, 2019. The USGS research vessel Sturgeon pictured in background.

Cheboygan Residents Tour the R/V Sturgeon
April 24, 2019

Cheboygan Residents Tour the R/V Sturgeon

GLSC Cheboygan Vessel Base staff stand alongside residents of Cheboygan, Michigan, prior to touring the R/V Sturgeon and R/V Arcticus on April 24, 2019.

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Little Plover River Wells
April 6, 2017

Both irrigation wells and municipal wells affect flows in the Little Plover River near Plover, Wisconsin, stretches of which ran dry in past years, according to a new scientific report.

Sea Lamprey Hammond Bay Biological Station
March 28, 2017

Unlike most animals, sea lampreys, an invasive, parasitic species of fish damaging the Great Lakes, could become male or female depending on how quickly they grow, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study published today.

River with blue reflection, in late summer, leaves just starting to turn from green to gold.
March 2, 2017

Human and bovine, or cattle, viruses were detected in a small percentage of some Great Lakes Basin streams, with human viruses more prevalent in urban streams and bovine viruses more common in streams in agricultural areas, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey-led study.

Tail of white sucker fish with tumors
August 25, 2016

There is an elevated incidence of skin and liver tumors among White Suckers caught in certain Wisconsin rivers that flow into Lake Michigan according to a U.S. Geological Survey study recently published in the Journal of Fish Diseases.

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